It’s difficult for liberal progressives when their two pet projects – LGBT rights and minority sensitivity – come into violent contact with one another. The frustrating reality in Israel is that the minorities (Arabs, Druze, etc) are far more intolerant of homosexuality and transgenderism than are any Jews.
So instead of dealing with this challenging situation, liberals tend to simply not talk about it.
While the killing of a Jewish LGBT teenager by a religious Jewish activist at the 2015 gay pride parade in Jerusalem continues to make front-page headline news to this day, the circumstances surrounding the murder of a young Druze woman over the weekend are hardly being mentioned.
That despite the fact that police are nearly certain that 18-year-old Sarit Ahmad was killed by family members because of her sexual orientation.
Ahmad twice in recent years filed police complaints against her two brothers, who had reportedly threatened to kill her or to pay someone else to kill her because she was gay. At one point she went to live at a women’s shelter in the south of the country, but soon returned home to the western Galilee.
She was found shot to death in her car on Friday morning.
Silent protest and memorial at the murder place of Sarit Ahmad Shqur, the 18 year old Queer Druze girl who was murdered yesterday by her family for her sexuality. Rest in power Sarit. pic.twitter.com/e2WQtOznJi
— Amy🟣🌸🐪🍒🔆 (@danido999) June 10, 2023
On Saturday, dozens of Israeli LGBT activists, most of them Jewish, demonstrated at a junction near Ahmad’s hometown. The demonstration was heavily protected by police. But as soon as they left, local Arabs attacked a news media crew that had come to cover the event.
Ali Mughrabi and Gideon Lev Ari, journalists for Israel’s Channel 13 News, were reportedly set upon by a gang of young local Arabs who opposed their “promotion” of homosexuality by positively covering the LGBT demonstration. The Arab youth also tore down LGBT flags and vandalized a memorial for Ahmad that had been placed at the intersection.
Mughrabi had to be taken to the emergency room and treated for his injuries.
Now, had the identities of those involved been somewhat different – if Ahmad was a young Jewish homosexual and if her killers and the violent counter-protestors were young religious Jews – this story would have been the top headline in Israel, and in parts of the international media.
Instead, it was scarcely mentioned, highlighting again the double standards of an agenda-driven mainstream press.
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